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Peace in the Caucasus with women’s help

4 July 2013

On 18 June 2013 the EU Centre in Yerevan hosted a presentation and discussion on final results of the “Strengthening women’s capacity for peacebuilding in the South Caucasus region” project, which was carried out by CARE International. The initiative was funded by the EU in cooperation with the Austrian Development Agency.
Antony Forman, Director of CARE International, presented a paper containing three years’ results, condensing findings from numerous studies conducted throughout the project.
The paper reflects on the project’s work with grassroots women’s movements from 20 conflict-effected communities across the South Caucasus, including Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, and others. These activities focused on strengthening women’s skills and confidence to participate in community life, highlighting the contributions they make and building an evidence base on the specific contributions women can make to planning and decision making.

‘Unresolved conflicts are the main obstacle for all conflict-affected countries in this region. We believe that international organisations have the potential to put resources and efforts into supporting civil society to find new ways to resolve conflict’, said Forman. He went on to say that that the paper proposed five areas in which international stakeholders should focus their peace building efforts to allow conflict-affected populations, especially women, to contribute to peace and security in the South Caucasus in the longer term.

The proposed five areas are as follows:
– working with conflict-affected communities;
– strengthening participatory governance at the local level;
– putting gender equality at the top of the agenda;
– connecting civil society across the South Caucasus;
– working to protect freedom of expression and freedom of movement.

CARE organised a discussion which considered the continuous dynamic of shrinking space for engagement and peacebuilding throughout the region, as well as progress made on UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

More info on the past project instead please
For more information, please visit: http://www.care-caucasus.org.ge/en/

Peace in the Caucasus with women’s help

On 18 June 2013 the EU Centre in Yerevan hosted a presentation and discussion on final results of the “Strengthening women’s capacity for peacebuilding in the South Caucasus region” project, which was carried out by CARE International. The initiative was funded by the EU in cooperation with the Austrian Development Agency. Antony Forman, Director of CARE International, presented a paper containing three years’ results, condensing findings from numerous studies conducted throughout the project. The paper reflects on the project's work with grassroots women’s movements from 20 conflict-effected communities across the South Caucasus, including Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh, South Ossetia, and others. These activities focused on strengthening women’s skills and confidence to participate in community life, highlighting the contributions they make and building an evidence base on the specific contributions women can make to planning and decision making. ‘Unresolved conflicts are the main obstacle for all conflict-affected countries in this region. We believe that international organisations have the potential to put resources and efforts into supporting civil society to find new ways to resolve conflict’, said Forman. He went on to say that that the paper proposed five areas in which international stakeholders should focus their peace building efforts to allow conflict-affected populations, especially women, to contribute to peace and security in the South Caucasus in the longer term. The proposed five areas are as follows: - working with conflict-affected communities; - strengthening participatory governance at the local level; - putting gender equality at the top of the agenda; - connecting civil society across the South Caucasus; - working to protect freedom of expression and freedom of movement. CARE organised a discussion which considered the continuous dynamic of shrinking space for engagement and peacebuilding throughout the region, as well as progress made on UN Security Council Resolution 1325. More info on the past project instead please For more information, please visit: http://www.care-caucasus.org.ge/en/ [gallery link="file"]